Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Country: New Zealand
Vinification: The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. After settling, the clear juice was fermented at very low temperatures with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent varietal flavours. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel.
Ageing/Maturation: Hand crafted using traditional methods including a 25% whole bunch indigenous fermentation and hand plunging. Maturation is in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.
Sweetness: 3.3 g/L
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2016
WHAT THE TEAM HAS TO SAY:
Your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc with a twist. Medium-bodied with a bright, invigorating acidity. A fragrant collection of gooseberry, tropcial fruit and a subtle touch of herbaceousness that will electrify your palate leaving you wanting more after the magical explosion in the mouth.
Aroma / Bouquet: The nose displays a core of passionfruit, gooseberry and grapefruit amplified by notes of flint, lemongrass and jalapeno.
Palate:The palate has a tight, seamless structure with vibrant and pure fruit flavours which persist on the long, clean acid finish.
Wine Spectator - 89 points
Wine Enthusiast - 88 points